The call for additional funding to meet the needs of northern Ontario are finally being heard by the government.
That's the belief of Henry Wall, the Chief Administrative Officer with the Kenora District Services Board.
Wall says the recent provincial budget addressed major shortfalls.
He points to a major influx of money for additional child care spaces and new child care programming.
Wall says the Liberals have also made a pledge to make child care more affordable.
He notes there was also funding for an around-the-clock emergency shelter in Kenora, noting it's a model that can be used in Dryden, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout.
Wall says they also plan to see a significant increase in what families will receive on social assistance.
He stresses the investment will help end poverty in the area.
Another gift is a pledge to establish a Community Justice Centre in Kenora, with plans for a satellite facility in Sioux Lookout.